Ready to make something a bit more complicated and learn a few more techniques? This two day workshop is an opportunity to design every bit of your sandal uppers and have a bit more time to get the best finish on your prized shoes. Bring along some sandal ideas and inspiration and spend the first couple of hours designing the uppers and under guided tuition, learning all the pitfalls and common mistakes. We don’t use shoe lasts which means we can work around all shapes and sizes to create something really unique and bespoke. The best thing about this workshop is that you will leave with all the skills to make sandals again at home using easily accessible tools and equipment. For more of an insight into the process, scroll down to the video at the bottom of the page. There will be multiple colours available in either vegetable tanned or chrome tanned leather. Sustainability is a very important part of Smug Soles so I only use vegetable tanned leather which is kinder to the environment or chrome tanned leather which is sustainably sourced or industrial waste destined for landfill. Waste is kept to a minimum and offcuts are used for smaller products like keyrings and earrings. This is a beginner/intermediate sandal making class so no previous experience is necessary, however if you have never worked with leather before, it is suggested you start with the beginner sandal making workshop. It is a full on day that requires concentration throughout. Please be prepared to be challenged! The main difference between this workshop and the beginner sandal making is that you will have more time for designing and finishing. You will learn how to create your own patterns from your 2D designs and then how to fit them to your feet. You will also learn how to use the belt sander, burnish your leather edges and achieve a higher finish.

What's included in the price?

Everything you need to make your sandals. Tea, coffee and biscuits.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



The Smug Soles Co.

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The Smug Soles Co. was set up by Nia in 2017 to introduce makers to the joy of making simple sandals that fit your feet. The workshop experience is built on the idea of unique, sustainable and experimental making. Smug Soles believes sustainability should come as standard and not as an inconvenient add-on for companies and we do our best to offer the most sustainable options available, whilst still ensuring you have a great experience.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Teenagers
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Christmas
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